Keith Whelan, 'Naked Adventurer,' Rescued At Sea
But oh wait, there's more. He's naked. In his birthday suit. In the buff. On a boat in the Ocean heading from Mauritius to Australia.
Whelan hit his head in rough seas and had to be rescued by a cargo ship after notifying Australian authorities, the Associated Press reports.
The 29-year old was taken to Australia's western coast to recover. On his blog, a press release states: "Keith's rowing boat [a Woodvale Solo class boat] was hit by a large wave last night while he slept. The force of the wave threw him across the boat's inner cabin and resulted in a laceration to the head. Keith was able to stop the bleeding himself and with that in mind, decided to seek help at first light."
So why does he want to cross the Indian Ocean anyway? On his blog, Whelan writes:
"I am a risk taker and risking your life to achieve a dream is the biggest risk you can take. Some might say it's foolish but to my mind it is only foolish if you don't know the risks and you don't prepare for them and train for every possible scenario. I guess I want to be able to look back on my life in years to come and have accomplished things which I am proud of. I am no different from everyone else in that respect. Granted my ambitions may be at the more extreme end but for me that makes them all the more worthwhile."
And about being naked? Whelan explains on his site that the Ocean is very salty and clothing "tends to become encrusted with salt," adding, "I will have no means of cleaning this from any clothing at sea, so wearing this clothing when full of salt would lead to severe salt sores on my body which is why I will be naked for most of the journey."
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